Kate Moss isn’t content to stay behind the camera. Last night during a charity event in London, Moss nabbed a camera from fashion photograph David Bailey and began snapping her own pics with it. Oh, but Moss did far more helpful things throughout the event, which benefited Marie Curie Cancer Care, reports The Mirror. She also showed off a painting created by Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones featuring none other than Rod Stewart. The painting, which you can see after the jump, fetched more than $19K. Meanwhile, the event raised close to a million smackers.
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While the rest of the world is focused on Kate Middleton‘s first wedding anniversary, I would like to direct your attention to another Kate-related event worthy of commemoration. Today, the Meet Kate foundation turns five.
When I was 19, I was busy trying to figure out how to get a fake ID. Kelly de Vries of the Netherlands, on the other hand, was trying to figure out how to provide opportunities for the children she met while volunteering for five months in Ghana.
Kate Ellenz is an avid reader, world traveler, competitive board game player, self-professed nerd, and foodie who lives in Seattle, Washington. She is also the operations manager for a non-profit called Lumana that does microfinance work in rural Ghana. As a regular Kate-book reader, she suggested that I post a new video that Lumana debuted last week, which explains in layman’s terms — and purdy graphics — what the organization does. To which I said: Absolutely! Check out the video above.
And here’s hoping Kate befriends Kelly of the Meet Kate foundation, since she’s also toiling hard to help folks in Ghana.
Remember Meet Kate, the foundation dedicated to feeding, sheltering, and teaching the kids of Ghana? It’s run by 24-year-old Kelly de Vries and is named for 10-year-old cutie Kate? Well, Meet Kate has put together an awesome video about their organization. You should watch it (a) to see Kate, and her smile, in action (b) to meet the others involved in the foundation (c) to get inspired about the amount of change one person can inspire and (d) to hear the soundtrack, which includes one of my favorite songs from the band The Middle East. Anyone else wanting to go to Ghana now?
Kate Middleton didn’t look too thrilled to be in her Brownie sash and uniform circa age 8. But that didn’t stop the Duchess of Cambridge from giving permission for her photo to be used on the February/March cover of the UK’s Scouting Magazine. Meanwhile, Anna Wintour of Vogue, Graydon Carter of Vanity Fair, and the editor-in-chief of, oh, every British magazine out there would have given their left arm—or at least a badge for smizing—to get Middleton on their next cover.
So why is Middleton repping for the Scouts? Because the organization is one of five she has chosen to patronize as part of her royal rotation.
In early January, according to the Daily Mail, Middleton submitted to a background check to become a volunteer for the Scouts even though, hello, if there was any dirt on this girl it would have come out already. She also took the official Scout pledge: “On my honor, I will try my best to do my duty to God and to the Queen, to help other people, and to keep the Scout Law.”
Readers, I’d like to introduce you to a very special fellow Kate. She is 10-years-old, lives in Ghana, and is a little too adorable for her own good. She also happens to be the face of Meet Kate, a foundation dedicated to providing kids in Ghana with food, shelter, education, and job opportunities.
Meet Kate is the brainchild of Kelly de Vries, a 24-year-old blonde from the Netherlands. (Interesting side note: she is the daughter of Dutch crime reporter Peter R. de Vries, who won an Emmy for his coverage of the Natalee Holloway disappearance a few years back.) In 2006, Kelly traveled to Ghana to volunteer for five months in an elementary school. While working at the school, Kelly lived with a host family who had several foster children. That is where she met Kate, then 4.
As Kelly writes, “Kate was the youngest member of the family, and was also the one with a pretty rough start in life. Her mother was only fifteen when Kate was born prematurely, after 6.5 months. Kate barely weighed a kilo and her chance of survival was slim. Because her mother couldn’t care for her, Kate grew up with a great-aunt. If it hadn’t been for her, Kate probably wouldn’t have survived. She now has a roof over her head, food on her plate and a school to go to everyday. Her smile and shining eyes show that she’s looking forward to the future.”
In high school, my Latin class picked a name from the JCPenney Angel Tree and pledged to, as a group, buy presents for a kid who wouldn’t be getting gifts for Christmas otherwise. All we knew about the child we selected was that he was 7-years-old and had the initials T.T., which we decided stood for Tommy Tyrone. The name we chose definitely colored our gift selections. I hope he liked the Mr. T lunch box I got him, though I realize now that it was the ’90s and that might have seemed a whole lot cooler to an irony-loving teenager then to a second grader.
Anyway, this story is much better than that. Apparently at K-Marts all across the country, anonymous donors are walking up to layaway counters and offering to pay off people’s accounts.